Archive for July 14th, 2005

Open Disk Image in Linux/Mac OS X/Windows

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

The most common disk images are ISO files, with extension .iso
Under Linux/Mac OS X, the following command can be used to mount the ISO image to the directory /mnt/iso

mount -o loop -t iso9660 filename.iso /mnt/iso

Windows doesn’t natively support disk images, so you’ll need a third-party software. I strongly recommend the FREE DaemonTools. It is light-weight (<500KB) but very powerful. It supports cue/bin, iso, ccd (CloneCD), bwt(Blindwrite), mds (Media Descriptor File), cdi (Discjuggler), nrg (Nero), pdi (Instant CD/DVD), b5t (BlindWrite 5).

Mac OS X Speed of Apple Intel dev systems

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Apple made a HUGE decision on using Intel CPUs for the next generation Macs.

According to the earlier development system test, the Mac OS X on Intel dev system boots up in 10 seconds, compared to more than 1 minute on my Power Mac G5 dual 2.5GHz.


Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Since the release of MATLAB 7, I have had problems with it running on Mac OS X.
The java interface in the original release crashes every 5 minutes or so, which makes it almost impossible to work. The 7.0.1 update fixed most of the problems, but still vulnerable in some occasions (mainly graphics related). Even the latest 7.0.4 update offers little improvement in that aspect.
The crashing problem I assume is mainly due to the vulnerability of the java engine on Mac OS X. I’d highly recommend users to run MATLAB without the java virtual machine.